WHAT TO ASK FOR “Ask for bangs that hit between your brow and the eyelash and are longer on the edges,” suggests stylist Mark Townsend, who cut these for glee star Michele. “That way, you can wear them swept aside or straight with a middle part.”
WHY IT WORKS – “A heart-shaped face can be a little top heavy. Sideswept bangs have got a balancing result and draw the attention down and towards the eyes,” says LeCompte.
WHAT TO ASK FOR Layered, feathered bangs. The shortest pieces should hit the arch of your eyebrows; the longest should meet the outer corners of your eyes.
WHY IT WORKS – Long, eye-grazing bangs which are tapered on the sides put in a soft element to square face shapes.
WHAT TO ASK FOR Heavy bangs such as this have to hit the right place, or else, they could easily overwhelm your face, says L.A. stylist Andy LeCompte. Ask your stylist to snip them just below the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces around the sides so they don’t cover up your eyes. The center strands can be feathery as a little forehead peeking through is ideal.
WHY IT WORKS – The gently arching fringe complements the soft, feminine features, says LeCompte.
WHAT TO ASK FOR Bangs can create a circular face appear even fuller, cautions LeCompte, therefore the right cut is key. Request a graphic, curved shape, which will flatter your bone structure-and be sure the bangs are thick. Wispy versions won’t have the same impact.
WHY IT WORKS – Swingy bangs like these have a two-fold effect: The thickness is effective to conceal the forehead while the gradual angle opens and widens the face.
WHAT TO ASK FOR “Heavy sideswept bangs which start in the center of the forehead and taper diagonally to a cheek-grazing length,” advises LeCompte. Be advised: These bangs start behind your natural hairline, but that’s okay. Because they’re so substantial, you’ll need the extra heft.
WHY IT WORKS – This sloping, asymmetrical fringe makes a short forehead appear stronger and more pronounced, says Lecompte.
WHAT TO ASK FOR To elongate a small brow, ask your stylist to cut your bangs on a steep, sideswept angle that blends into cheekbone-skimming layers. “These bangs also require a deep side part, which is flattering for many face shapes,” he adds.